The Ravens yesterday signed 11-year veteran Eric Metcalf in an effort to add more versatility to their offense.

Metcalf made three Pro Bowls for his combined efforts as a runner, receiver and return specialist but started just three of 16 games last season for the Cardinals.

"There's a role for him here if he can still play at a high level," Ravens Coach Brian Billick said in a statement. "He can be a David Palmer-type player."

As the offensive coordinator of the Vikings last season, Billick was able to deploy the smallish Palmer in ways that would put him in position to use his ability to excel in the open field.

Last season, Metcalf caught 31 passes for 324 yards, averaged 21.4 yards on 57 kickoff returns and 6.9 yards on 43 punt returns. For his career, Metcalf has 16,280 total yards and 54 touchdowns.

CHARGES FILED: Charges were filed against Hall of Fame player and actor Jim Brown for allegedly threatening to kill his wife and breaking her car's windows with a shovel.

Los Angeles City Attorney Jim Hahn filed one count of making a terrorist threat and one count of vandalism, both misdemeanors, against Brown, 63, for an alleged incident at the couple's Hollywood Hills home on June 15, Lara Bloomquist, supervising lawyer, said.

Brown was arrested that night after his wife, Monique, 25, called police. He was booked at the Hollywood station and posted $50,000 bail.

Monique Brown later held an impromptu news conference outside their home and said she had "overreacted" and denied that threats were made against her.

Brown is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court on Tuesday to enter a plea, Bloomquist said.